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Aliya’s Wishes Slot Review


With the release last year of the live-action version of Aladdin, which starred Will Smith in the title role, the famous story is back in the public eye and now Fortune Factory Studios have released their own 5×3 reel, Rolling Reels, 20 pay line slot on the same tale, only with a slight twist.

That’s because in Aliya’s Wishes, the genie is a female called Aliya and she, or rather her Magic Lamp, is the key to unlocking some of the big value wins in the game, as well as the big Free Spins bonus round.

We decided to take a look at this brand new Microgaming slot to see how it plays and this is what we found out.

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Key Information for the Aliya’s Wishes game

  • Developed By – Fortune Factory Studios (for Microgaming)
  • Mobile – Yes
  • Number of Reels – 5×3
  • Number of Pay Lines – 20 non-selectable
  • Minimum Bet – 0.10
  • Maximum Bet – 30.00
  • Free Spins Bonus? – Yes
  • Other Bonuses? –  Yes
  • Standard Jackpot – 3715.3x
  • Progressive? – No
  • Volatility? – High

Aliya’s Wishes is a rather unusual 5×3 slot that has 20 pay lines but which also has the Rolling Reels system in play, together with a Multiplier Trail, which in the standard base game goes from 1x to 5x the standard win amount. There is a Win Booster option which you can use to increase the value of the Multiplier Trail on each spin, but for a cost of double the standard bet amount. A higher variance slot, it is volatile to play but also comes with some excellent production values, outstanding graphics and sound and is eminently playable.

Theme and Presentation

The theme of the slot is the famous story of Aladdin, but this has been given a slight twist as the genie is now a female called Aliya. Set against a changing backdrop of a Persian city, flickering lights, moving clouds and running taps give the impression of movement behind the reels and the sounds perfectly capture the mood and tone of the town. The reels are superimposed above this with the main controls at the foot of the reels. Overall, this is one of the more slickly produced slots from Microgaming partner Fortune Factory studios.

Symbols

There are ten standard symbols on the reel, which are split into five lower value symbols and fiver higher value. The lower value symbols are the ones that are not characters from the story and include large urns, a blue spell book, green jewels spilling out of a bag, a vicious looking curved dagger and lastly, parchment with red ink and powder. Wins on these symbols are relatively low in value ranging from a fifth of your total bet, up to 2.4x your bet.

The higher value symbols are five characters from the story and include three male characters, the purple king, the blue robber, the green prince, who I assume is Aladdin, the golden princess and lastly the Genie Aliya. These symbols offer slightly better pay rates ranging from 0.4x your bet up to 15x your bet for landing five of the Genie symbols across a single pay line.

One thing to note here is that symbols can appear stacked on the reels and as such, you can win across multiple pay lines on a single spin, which when combined with the Rolling Reels and Multiplier Trail bonuses, means you can land a much better value win even from a very small initial win.

Wild Symbol

The Wild symbol in the game is the Treasure Chest and what is pleasing is that it can not only appear stacked on the reels, but also appears across all five of them. The Wild also offers pays for landing between two and five of these symbols on a single pay line, but they only match the pays you can land for the Genie symbol, which is a little disappointing. It is most often used however as a substitute to land winning lines in the game.

One positive thing to note is that stacked Wilds can be more than three symbols high. When this occurs, if a Rolling Reels win lands then the Wilds used as part of the win will disappear but Wilds hidden above can drop down to replace them, offering you a better chance of a Rolling Reels win.

Free Spins Bonus

To launch the Free Spins bonus, you need to land three or more of the Magic Lamp Scatter symbols across the reels. This will award you 10, 15 or 20 Free Spins, depending on whether you land 3, 4 or 5 Scatters on the triggering spin. Furthermore, you will also land a small cash prize when you trigger the bonus.

When Free Spins triggers, the Multiplier Trail will increase in value from the standard 1x, 2x, 3x and 5x, to 2x, 5x, 8x and 21x if you are playing the standard game. (If you have Win Booster activated, then you will have different multiplier values as outlined in the section below).

Your Free Spins can be triggered once again from within the bonus round by landing three or more Scatters.

Other Bonuses and Information

The other main bonus on the slot is the Win Booster. This can be activated (or deactivated) before any spin by clicking the button alongside the title. When you activate the Win Booster, your bet amount will double in size, but you will also see the win values on the Multiplier Trail increase.

In the base game, this increase is to 2x, 5x, 8x and 21x the standard amounts, while during Free Spins, this increases to 5x, 12x, 21x and 50x the standard amounts, which is where the really big money prizes can be won.

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Editor's Review

Aliya’s Wishes is an interesting take on the Aladdin’s tale and this higher variance slot does have the ability to chomp its way through a smaller bankroll if you are not careful. The Win Booster option is a nice one to have, but doubling the cost of your bet does make it expensive especially for the lower stakes player. The presentation of the slot though is fantastic and the variety of bonus features makes it eminently playable, especially for those that enjoy the thrill of playing more volatile slot games.

Where can I play?bet365 Games
Number of playlines?20
Number of reels?5x3
Is autoplay available?Yes
Game manufacturer?Fortune Factory Studios